Monday, February 28, 2011

We Are Very Good!

This past weekend the Dutchmen won their first Cleary Cup by tying Quinnipiac 2-2 on Friday and beating Princeton 5-0 the following night.

Union has a first round bye and will be off this upcoming weekend.

Here is where they stand in the national rankings:

USCHO: up one spot to #4 (one first place vote)
INCH: up one spot to #3
USA Today/USAHM: up one spot to #4
TCHB: down one spot to #3

PWR: tied for 6th with Merrimack
RPI: 4th
KRACH: 6th

Pretty unbelievable!

College Hockey Video of the Week (2/28/11): Mike Legg's Famous Goal

I know that everyone has probably seen this 100 times, but it's just so good that it had to be a CH Video of the Week once. Most people know this as the "Michigan Move" (because Legg played for Michigan).

The great thing about this goal was that it was scored in the 1996 NCAA tournament! This guy had the confidence to do this in a huge game, which is pretty amazing. Michigan was down 2-1 before he scored. Legg's goal helped the Wolverines beat Minnesota that night 4-3, and eventually led to a national championship.

Fun fact: The stick Legg used on the goal was donated to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Now let's all give Legg a "mighty big hand." (Watch third video)

High Quality:


Different Angle:


Behind The Scenes:

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Catching Up With Corey Milan on Senior Night

After last night's game I caught up with Corey Milan. Corey came into the game with a few minutes left and received a great ovation from the crowd when he was announced into the game. The support was well deserved since Corey has done so much for this program. I talked about it in my feature on Milan in the game program this weekend.

Congrats on a great four years Corey!

Union Wins The Cleary Cup on Senior Night

Last night was such a great feeling. The emotions of when the final buzzer sounded, all the way to the post-game celebration was perfect. I am so proud of the guys for everything they accomplished, and everything the seniors have done in their four years. The reception the seniors received from the fans was awesome and well deserved. I was also honored and shocked when Andrew Buote gave me a shout out during his speech. I really appreciated it and am just honored to be a very small part of this amazing senior class and Union Hockey.

It was also great to see Luke Cain and Stephane Boileau score goals on Senior Night. They both don't dress every game, so it was awesome to see them capitalize. You could tell how excited they were to score, especially Boileau (check the highlights). John Simpson also added an empty netter.

Union's power-play once again did a great job last night as they scored twice with the man advantage. They lead the nation with a 30.97% conversion rate. Union went 3-for-4 last night and 4-for-6 on the weekend. Daniel Carr netted a PP goal and added an even strength goal later. He is now tied with New Hampshire's Paul Thompson and Colorado College's Tyler Johnson for the nation's lead with 12 power-play goals. Thompson and Johnson are both seniors, while Carr is a freshman. His two first period goals gave Union an 3-0 first period lead. Three has been the magic number this season as the Dutchmen are 21-1-2 in games where they've scored at least three goals.

Keith Kinkaid had another great weekend once again. He made 35 saves (including 17 in the second period) last night to pick up his third shutout of the season. Kinkaid leads the nation with a 1.93 GAA and 24 wins.

Well, now it's on to the playoffs. Union gets the weekend off with the first round bye. Here are the first round matchups:
(5) RPI vs. (12) Colgate
(6) Princeton vs. (11) St. Lawrence
(7) Clarkson vs. (10) Harvard
(8) Quinnipiac vs. (9) Brown

For more on the game check out:
USCHO
Union Athletics
Ken Schott's Blog
Times Union (Sean Martin)
Times Union (Mark McGuire)

I also want to make a special shout out to former Union College president Roger Hull. In January 2004 he said:

"Let me tell you of my idea of being competitive: fielding a team that has a reasonable chance of winning every time it steps on the ice... And when they got to 40 percent [winning percentage], I was proud, and when they reached nearly 50 percent a few years ago, I was tremendously proud of them."

I wonder if he's super-tremendously-ridiculously-doing hand stands proud of this team.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

CLEARY CUP CHAMPS! IT'S ALL ABOUT THE U!

Union beats Princeton 5-0 on Senior Night to win their first ever Cleary Cup!

Tonight's Lineups vs. Princeton (2/26/11)

Union
Presizniuk - Zajac - Hatch
Carr - Welsh - Jooris
Boileau - J. Simpson - W. Simpson
Buote - Pallos - K. Bodie

Forgaard - Cain
M. Bodie - Matheson
Coburn - Stuart

Kinkaid
Milan
Grosenick

Notes: For Senior Night all the seniors will dress. Luke Cain is listed as the 6th defenseman, but I assume he'll just fill in on forward lines throughout the game. Also, Stephane Boileau replaces Kevin Sullivan on the Simpson line. We'll see if Milan gets a shot to see some minutes. From what I heard Union will be wearing their black jerseys tonight, which have been a good luck charm so far this season.

Princeton
Kleebaum - Calof - Kramer
Arhontas - Meland - Lohry
Ammon - Zuk - Farris
Carlson - Berger - Kerr

Fedun - Ritchie
Pallis - Rush
Sdao - Godlewski

Condon
Bonar

Notes: Sdao is a draft pick of the Ottawa Senators.

Interview With Taylor Reid

With Nolan Julseth-White hurt and Mike Ingoldsby still suffering from post-concussion syndrome, Coach Leaman had to find someone to fill the 6th defenseman spot. The guy he picked was junior Taylor Reid.

The last time Reid played in a game was January 2, 2009 against Notre Dame in the Shillelagh Tournament. Reid's last game at Messa Rink was on November 28, 2008 against Army (where he picked up his only career point, an assist), and his only ECAC game was on November 15, 2008 against Princeton.

I thought that Reid did a solid job tonight. He also picked up his first career penalty, which expired right before Quinnipiac scored their first goal. Taylor saw some time on the penalty kill as well.

Personally, I am very excited for Taylor. He has worked very hard for three years now and hasn't seen much ice time, but is still sticking with it. Now he's playing in one of the biggest weekends in the history of Union Hockey. Congrats Taylor!

I caught up with Taylor after the game:

Union Blows Two Goal Lead And Ties Quinnipiac

The Dutchmen just didn't have their 'A' game tonight. I don't know why, but they just weren't able to click tonight. Coach Leaman tried mixing up the lines in the third period to try and get a spark, but nothing happened.

I really wasn't a fan of the refereeing tonight. The Bobcats received six power-plays while Union only had two. Union scored on their first chance, and had their second opportunity with 1:45 left in overtime but were unable to score. I just thought the calls were a little unbalanced, but hey I'm a Union fan. In the post-game press conference I could sense that Coach Leaman also wasn't too happy with the refs.

The Union penalty killing was great tonight. I also want to point out that Kyle Bodie's goal was an absolute snipe.

Luckily, the Dutchmen got some help from Colgate who tied Yale in New Haven. It was the only game Yale has played this season that went into overtime, and is the only time the Bulldogs haven't won at Ingalls this season. So, Union still controls their own destiny. If they win tonight against Princeton they will win the Cleary Cup.

The game will be one of the biggest in the history of the program, and the most important of the season so far.

For more on the game vs. Quinnipiac check out:
USCHO
Union Athletics
Ken Schott's Blog
Times Union
Quinnipiac Athletics

Other scores in the ECAC from last night:
Colgate 1 - Yale 1
Princeton 4 - RPI 3
Cornell 2 - Brown 3 (OT)
Clarkson 1 - Harvard 3
St. Lawrence 2 - Dartmouth 4

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tonight's Lineups vs. Quinnipiac (2/25/11)

Taylor Reid
Union
Presizniuk - Zajac - Hatch
Carr - Welsh - Jooris
Sullivan - J. Simpson - W. Simpson
Buote - Pallos - K. Bodie

Forgaard - Reid
M. Bodie - Matheson
Cobrun - Stuart

Kinkaid
Milan
Grosenick

Notes: Junior Taylor Reid makes his season debut tonight on defense. His last game was in early January 2009 against Notre Dame. He will wear #4. Also, Kyle Bodie will play on the "fourth" line tonight with Stephane Boileau as a healthy scratch. They have split time over the past few weekends along with Kevin Sullivan. I expect "The Professor" to play tomorrow night.

Jones Brothers
Quinnipiac
Dunbar - C. Jones - K. Jones
Zurveninski - Langlois - Goodman
Harvey - Bouharevich - Heichman
Bui - Hibbeler - Robinson

Barron - Hansen
Glaicar - Dalhuisen
Currie - Tyson

Clarke
Hartzell
McGann

Notes: Kellen Jones is a draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers and Pat McGann is a draft pick of the Dallas Stars... Connor and Kellen Jones are twins. Spencer Heichman is listed at 5'6" 160 pounds... Brooks Robinson is not the Hall of Fame baseball player.

Players To Watch This Senior Weekend

I think this is the weekend Union fans have been waiting for for a long time. With two games left in the regular season the Dutchmen control their own destiny in winning the Cleary Cup. They are one point ahead of Yale in the standings, and if they match the Bulldogs point-for-point this weekend they will win the Cleary Cup for the first time in program history. Yale hosts Colgate and Cornell this weekend (click here).

But, to get to the cup the Dutchmen will have to go through the Quinnipiac Bobcats and Princeton Tigers. Union played these two teams on the road two weekends ago. They came back to beat the Tigers 7-4, and then came back again to beat the Bobcats 2-1 in overtime the following night.

This is our moment.... Let's take it!

Quinnipiac
Jeremy Langlois: the sophomore forward leads the team with 15 goals (5th in the ECAC), and is tied for the team lead with six power-play goals.
Loren Barron: the sophomore defenseman leads the team with 14 assists, and leads all Bobcat defensemen with 15 points.
Scott Zurevinski: the Bobcats' leading scorer (21 points) has tallied a point in five of his past six games.

Princeton
Andrew Calof: the freshman forward leads the Tigers with 23 assists (third in the ECAC) and 29 points.
Mike Kramer: the senior forward has been very hot of late. He's picked up a point in nine of his past 10 games, including nine goals and six assists over that span. Kramer leads the team with 13 goals and is second in assists (15) and points (28).
Taylor Fedun: the senior defenseman has 10 goals on the season, which is tied for the league lead in goals by a defenseman. His seven power-play goals is the most among ECAC defenseman, and tops on the team.

Union
Kelly Zajac: Zaj is Union's leading scorer with 37 points. He got hurt last Saturday night, but Coach Leaman says he will play this weekend. Let's see if that injury bothers him or not.
Wayne Simpson: the younger Simpson has been extremely hot of late. He's picked up a point in 10 of his last 12 games, and has scored a goal in four of his last five games.
Class of 2011: I'm sure the seniors want to make their final regular season weekend a memorable one where they lift the Cleary Cup over the heads. In last year's regular season finale EVERY senior made a contribution to Union's victory. I expect the same this year. Read my post from last Senior Night to know what I'm talking about.

For more check out:
Union Athletics.com
Quinnipiac Bobcats.com
Go Princeton Tigers.com

Here's what happened the last time Princeton and Quinnipiac played at Messa Rink during the regular season:



Thursday, February 24, 2011

Between the Pipes with Keith Kinkaid - February 24th, 2011

This is our eighth segment of 'Between the Pipes with Keith Kinkaid.' This past weekend Keith and the team swept both Clarkson and St. Lawrence on the road in two decisive victories. He is currently the 3rd best goalie in the country statistically with a save percentage of .919 through 1,891 minutes of play. His current record in net is 23-7-2.

How was the trip to the North Country last weekend? What particular aspect of the game do you think the team performed best? What does the team need to do better moving forward into this weekend?

The North Country trip was a success because we came back with the four points we came up there to get. It's always tough environments to play in and we played to win. I think the fact that we didn't have our best game against Clarkson and showed our true colors against St. Lawrence the next night was where we preformed the best. We know when we haven't had our best game and we responded really well. We need to have two consistent and fast starts and keep it rolling throughout the whole game.
Who was your MVP from the two wins we had over Clarkson and St. Lawrence? What made this person most deserving?

I think Wayno [Wayne Simpson]was the MVP this past weekend. He got us the overtime winner against Clarkson and continued shooting the puck against St.Lawrence starting our scoring for that night. Wayne is one of our most skilled guys out there and his speed is incredible.

What has been the mindset heading into this final weekend of the regular season? Is there a feeling of nervousness holding that one point lead over #3 Yale?

Our mindset is to dominate every aspect of the game against both Princeton and Quinnipiac. We are looking for great starts and our specialty teams need to come up big for us. We are just worried about playing our game and if we take care of our games we have nothing to worry about.

What will be the keys to this weekend's home games vs. Quinnipiac and Princeton? How much emphasis will you place on the last time you played these opponents in preparation?

Keys will be our specialty teams and our starts. When we are on our game we play to a level where we think no one can play with us. We need to learn from our mistakes last time we played these teams and take advantage of their weaknesses.

Do you see any key mismatches and/or matchups when preparing for this weekend's games?

Not that I can think of. We have great depth throughout our team and that is a strong point for us. We know we will battle whoever is in the lineup and we want this weekend to be special for our seniors.

What's the craziest goal scoring celebration that you've seen in your years of playing hockey?

I am not sure about craziest but I can think of some funny ones from our team. When Coby [Greg Coburn] scored last year against St. Cloud he did a little hop up in the air which we all watched on video and laughed about. Another is Stuart's goal against Brown in which he was shaking and slammed his stick with one hand on the ice. This was another one we all got a good laugh from.
Well there you have it folks, you've heard it from the man himself. Please leave your reviews in the comment box below. Enjoy this upcoming weekend's games- I hope everybody comes out to see our seniors play their final regular season games at Messa. Two wins and the Cleary Cup will be ours!! And remember fans, you can find Keith Kinkaid on facebook at any time during the day. -JZolot

Captain's Corner With Brock Matheson (2/24/11)

Short and sweet this week. Brock talks about the upcoming Senior Weekend.

I hope you all like the new opening and closing credits!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy "Miracle On Ice" Day!

31 years ago today a group of college hockey players and a college hockey coach came together and did the unthinkable at Lake Placid. They beat the Soviet Union, which was the greatest team in the world at that time.

Do you believe in Miracles? Do you believe that a Union College hockey team that finished in last place five years ago can finish in first this season? Do you believe that Union will win their first ECAC Championship? Do you believe that Union will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance? Do you believe that Union will make the Frozen Four? Do you believe in the unthinkable?

I do, and this is proof why you should too.

Here is a video of the "Miracle On Ice":

Monday, February 21, 2011

Union Gets More Love In The Polls

This past weekend the Dutchmen swept the North Country. On Friday they beat Clarkson 4-3 in overtime and followed that up with a 5-2 win over St. Lawrence.

Once again, Union has moved up in the USCHO poll:

USCHO: up two spots to 5th
INCH: stay at 4th
USA Today/ USAHM: up two spots to 5th

PWR: tied for 8th with UNO
RPI: 4th
KRACH: 7th

This weekend Union wraps up the regular season at Messa Rink against Quinnipiac and Princeton. With two games to play, the Dutchmen are in first place and one point ahead of Yale in the ECAC standings. They control their own destiny. If they win both games they will be the top-seed in the ECAC playoffs, and will probably secure a bid to the NCAA tournament.

College Hockey Video of the Week (2/20/11): College Hockey Own Goals

There might be nothing worse than scoring a goal on yourself (as a defenseman for the majority of my hockey career I know the feeling). Here are two videos of college hockey players scoring on their own net.

Boston University:


Northern Michigan:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Zajac Nets Two in Union's 5-2 Win at St. Lawrence

It seems everything is going right these days for the #7 Union Dutchmen. From the defense to the offense, everybody is playing on the same page. Our guys are all making big plays by completing the extra pass and making that one extra stride to the puck. Last night was no different as the Dutchmen took on the St. Lawrence Saints at Appleton Arena in their final regular season road game of the 2010-2011 season.

St Lawrence would take the early lead at 15:42 of the first period with Union forward Jeremy Welsh in the penalty box for slashing. Jacob Drewiski scored on the ensuing power play, lifting a backhander over the shoulder of sophomore goaltender Keith Kinkaid.

Union would then even up the score just two minutes later off Wayne 'Serious Flow' Simpson's goal. Simpson received a pass from freshman forward Kevin Sullivan and firing a low wrist shot past Weninger.

With the game tied at 1-1, Union scored three second period goals to take command of a game that was evenly played through the first 30 minutes. The Dutchmen took their first lead of the game on the power play, with Jeremy Wick in the penalty box for boarding.
Just over a minute into the man advantage, sophomore forward Jeremy Welsh took a pass from freshman forward Josh Jooris and fired a shot between Weninger's pads at 13:28 of the second period

Union quickly extended its lead to 3-1 on the next shift on a two on one at even strength when senior forward Adam Presizniuk fired the initial shot into Weninger's pads, but the puck kicked right to Zajac, who tipped it into the net at 14:33.

Zajac would strike again on another odd man rush at 19:06. Freshman forward Matt Hatch sent Zajac off on a two-on-one. Zajac cut into the shooting lane and fired a shot into the top corner for a 4-1 Union lead.

Sophomore forward Kyle Bodie scored his seventh goal of the season at 18:02 of the third period, taking a pass from younger brother Mat on the play. Mat Bodie recorded his 21st assist, tying a school record for a defenseman set by Mike Schreiber ('10) last season.

St. Lawrence forward Kyle Esserly scored with 13 seconds remaining in the game on a 5-on-3 to account for the final score.

The Dutchmen defeated St. Lawrence by a final score of 5-2 in front of 1,471 fans at Appleton Arena. The win was Union's ninth in a row, extending a school record winning streak in the Division I era.

Sophomore goaltender Keith Kinkaid (23-7-2) made 25 saves for his 23rd win of the season. Weninger made 18 saves on 22 shots in two periods, while Joe Spadaccini made two saves in the third period. Union went 1-for-5 on the power play, and were outshot 27-25 in the contest.

The Dutchmen will return home to face Quinnipiac on Friday at 7:00 pm.
For more game recap on last night's win at St. Lawrence, please visit the following links:
Thanks for reading!
-JZolot

Saturday, February 19, 2011

'Serious Flow' Simpson Spoils A Knight's Tale, Union Downs Clarkson 4-3 in OT

Well I desperately wish I made the trip to the North Country this weekend, but I unfortunately was forced to stay back at school to work the Albany Devils hockey games. But while at work last night, I was fortunate enough to be able to listen to Union's game at Clarkson via live stream radio on my buddy's ipod. Its a good thing no Albany front office members walked into the team's merchandise store because I was completely zoned out from my work. The customers who came into the store probably thought I was crazy yelling at the ipod and calling out our guys names to make a play.

Coming into the contest, the #7 Dutchmen were atop of the ECAC with 29 points, one point ahead of second place Yale. Clarkson, on the other hand, sat comfortably in the eighth spot with 15 points and a sub-.500 league record of 7-9-1. The last time these two teams met was at Messa Rink on January 8th. Union went to town on the Golden Knights that night with a final score of 8-1.

Last night's win was written a bit differently. What everyone thought would turn out to be another blowout proved to be a nailbiter for the players, coaches and Dutchmen fans both present and left behind.

The Dutchmen got off to a fast start in the opening frame, recording the first seven shots of the contest and outshooting Clarkson 15-8 after one period of play. Union capped its first goal of the night on the powerplay. With Clarkson freshmen forward Ben Sexton in the box for cross-checking, Union senior forward Adam Presizniuk found sophomore defenseman Greg Coburn skating in from the point and fed him a pass through the crease. Coburn scored from the goal mouth to give Union a 1-0 lead at 7:14 of the first period.

The Dutchmen would make it 2-0 at even strength late in the period. Junior forward Kelly 'Shut up Richard' Zajac cut away from the left corner, niftily displaying his puck handling, and beat Clarkson goaltender Paul Karpowich with a low backhander at 17:25.

Sophomore goaltender Keith Kinkaid made several key saves on two Clarkson power plays in the second period, with his most impressive stop coming just after Zajac was whistled for tripping at 17:10. On the ensuing faceoff in the Union zone, Kinkaid made a glove save through traffic on a Brandon DeFazio shot from inside the circle.

On the same Clarkson power play, senior forward John 'Delta's Most Wanted' Simpson gave Union its first shorthanded goal of the season at 18:39 to give the Dutchmen a commanding 3-0 lead.

The third period would spark all momentum for Clarkson. At even strength, Clarkson would finally receive their first offensive break. After an initial kick save by sophomore goaltender Keith Kinkaid on a shot from the point from Alex Boak, Clarkson’s Corey Tamblyn scored on the rebound at 4:45 to start the rally.

Just 18 seconds later, Clarkson’s Brandon DeFazio fired a shot from the high slot that deflected off the pad of Ben Sexton and between Kinkaid’s pads to cut Union’s lead to 3-2.

Clarkson would then even the score on the power play at 6:30 in the third period. With freshmen forward Josh Jooris in the box for tripping, Clarkson senior forward Scott Freeman crashed the net for a rebound to tie the game at 3-3, setting up the wild finish.

A combination of nervousness and anxiety filled Cheel Arena as the Golden Knights and Dutchmen took the ice for the overtime period. The Clarkson band had never given up hope and continued to play throughout the night. The Bonesaw Brigade, Clarkson's student section, attempting to influence the level of play on the ice with their bells and whistles, significantly failed at the hands of 'Serious Flow' Simpson. Wayne scored at 3:48 of overtime to lift #7 Union (23-7-3, 15-3-1 ECAC Hockey) to a 4-3 win over Clarkson.

The win was Union’s eighth straight victory, a school record in the Division I era. Union set an all-time program record for wins, surpassing the previous mark of 22 wins set by both the 1976-77 and 1984-85 teams. The Dutchmen also clinched a first round bye in the ECAC Tournament, securing a top four finish in the conference for the third time in program history.

Union outshot Clarkson 38-28 for the contest, as Kinkaid made 25 saves for his 22nd win of the season. The Dutchmen went 1-for-7 on the power play, while Clarkson was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

The #7 Dutchmen will continue their continue their North County trek tonight as they take on the St. Lawrence Saints at 7 pm at Appleton Arena.

For more game recap, visit the following links below:

Thanks for reading!
-JZolot

Here's a video of Wayne's game-winning goal:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Players To Watch This Weekend

This weekend the Dutchmen travel to the North Country to take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Union won both meetings with these teams earlier this season as they topped the Golden Knights 8-1 and the Saints 3-1. The Dutchmen have outscored Clarkson 24-4 over their past three meetings.

Union has won seven straight games, which is the longest streak in the country. Also, if they win Friday they will set the record for longest win streak in Union's D-I history.
Clarkson
Brandon DeFazio: the senior captain leads the team with 11 goals and 20 points.
Allan McPherson: the freshman forward is second on the team with 11 assists and is tied for second with 19 points.
Jake Morley: the junior forward leads the team with 15 points.

St. Lawrence
Greg Carey: the freshman forward is a very serious candidate for ECAC Rookie of the Year. He leads the Saints with 15 goals and averages a point per game. Carey also leads the team with six power-play goals.
Kyle Flanagan: the sophomore forward leads the team with 20 assists and is tied with Carey with the team lead in points with 30.
Aaron Bogosian: the senior captain is second on the team with 11 goals, and has scored three goals in his past four games.

Union
Matt Hatch: the freshman forward scored twice last Friday against Cornell and has been a great asset to the first line. The games in the North Country are very close to his hometown (Massena, NY), so I assume a lot of family and friends will be there. He should have some extra jump.
Mat Bodie: the freshman defenseman is very close to breaking Mike Schreiber's '10 record for assists in a season by a defenseman (21) and most points in a season by a defenseman (29). The younger Bodie currently has 20 assists on the season.
Daniel Carr: the freshman has 18 goals on the season which is tied with Chase Polacek for most in the ECAC. He also leads the league with 11 power-play goals. Carr has scored six goals in has past seven games.
For more on the weekend check out:
Union Athletics
Clarkson Athletics
St. Lawrence Athletics

Clarkson's Bonesaw Brigade:


Puck Art With SLU's equipment manager:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Captain's Corner With Brock Matheson (2/17/11)

This week's segment is very, very short because Brock and I had busy schedules this week and I had some technical difficulties filming the segment today (Damn Technology!). Luckily, Brock had a few moments to talk before practice.

We'll make up for it next week.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rock The Vote, Plus Other News

Four Union players are up for major awards this year:

Senior Stephane Boileau is up for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. 33% of the vote belongs to the fans, so make sure to vote for the Professor by clicking here. As of this moment he has 4.3% of the vote, while Canisius forward Cory Conacher leads the way with 24.2% of the vote.

Senior Adam Presizniuk and sophomores Jeremy Welsh and Keith Kinkaid are up for the Hobey Baker Award. You can vote for them by clicking here. Last year Mario Valery-Trabucco won the the fan vote. As Union fans we really have to pick up here as Kinkaid has received 1% of the vote while the other two have received none. Also, RPI's Chase Polacek and Allen York have received 19% and 18%, respectively. The current leader is North Dakota's Matt Frattin with 27%.

Tonight was "Coach's Corner LIVE at Bombers." Coach Leaman was unable to make it tonight, so captain Brock Matheson and Coach Ben Barr filled in for him. The last raffle of the night was an autographed puck from Brock. The luck winner was Connor Meigher, the son of Garnet Blades president Tim Meigher '75. Brock talked with the Meigher's for a bit and took this picture (below) with Connor. The senior captain did a great job on the radio and talking with fans after the show.


In other news, the repercussions of the Klump-Stewart confrontation were handed out today. Stewart was fined, while Klump was let go by CHN.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 7pm the Union College Club Hockey team will travel to Binghamton to take on Broome CC. You can watch the game online by clicking here.

Between the Pipes with Keith Kinkaid - February 15th, 2011

This is our seventh segment of 'Between the Pipes with Keith Kinkaid.' This past weekend Keith and the team swept both Cornell and Colgate at home in two decisive victories. He is currently the 5th best goalie in the country statistically with a save percentage of .920 through 1,767 minutes of play. His current record in net is 21-7-2.


How did the team come out with such a decisive victory over Cornell? What was the mindset coming into the contest? What were your thoughts about only saving nine shots on net?

We were working on our starts all week because this past weekend we had some slow starts. We knew we had to be better and our great start turned into just a dominant game against Cornell. Also on the mind of the returning guys was the fact that they beat us in the ECAC championship last year which brought some extra motivation. In a game with only nine shots against you have to stay focused throughout the whole game. You have to keep your mind on the game because even though there may not be much action, the next shot could have an impact on the game.


What were your thoughts about the fights that happened in the closing two minutes vs. Cornell? If the NCAA had no rules against fighting, which fight on the ice Friday night would you have loved to have seen take place? Who do you think is the best fighter on the team?

I thought the fights were unnecessary at the end of the game. It was evident that we frustrated them by our play during the entire game. The boys did a great job not getting involved because the game is not about fighting and it was about the 58 minutes before the fights. If there was fighting allowed, I would like to see Cainer fight.


Now, the team fell down early 2-0 to Colgate on Saturday night. What was the tone in the locker room like after that unfortunate first period? What in your mind sparked the offense to score five unanswered goals? How influential were the seniors in the turnaround?

I think we just got out to a slow start against Colgate. We need to have back to back good starts because if you find yourself down by more than 2 goals after the first, it is hard to get back into the game. Those two goals were also ones I would like to have back in my mind. We knew we had the scoring power to get us back into the game after the first. We maintained a positive attitude and knew there was plenty of room for improvement. We needed to take pucks hard to the net and crash for rebounds. The seniors and coach did a great job of getting us back on track during the game.


What improvements must the team make heading into next weekend's games in the North Country?

Like I said earlier, we want to have strong starts and not find us behind the 8-ball early. It's important to set the pace for the game and get that first goal. Special teams are going to be a key factor this weekend on the road. Our powerplay and penalty kill will need to be on top of its game and get the job done.


Do you have any superstitious habits that you only do while on the road? What are some of the weirder habits you've seen your teammates do to get ready for games?

I try not to change up any superstitions on the road. There are alot of superstitions our team has but I dont want to give away all of them. After our stretch we break up into Defense and Forwards. Forwards have their own part of the warmup and the defense and goalies do their own thing. One thing that has become an every game thing is a dance John Simpson and Welshy do before putting on the pads. It's to the song "We No Speak Americano", so you could just imagine what wacky moves go on during that.


Everyone has been talking about the Islanders/Penguins game from the other night these days. Seems like there was a fight every five minutes and the refs were powerfless to control the fighting. I know your from Strong Island and a big Islanders fan, so what's your take on your teams performance the other night against the Pens?

I personally thought the game was awesome. The Islanders scored nine goals in one game which was shocking. I checked the score while out to dinner with my parents and said to my Dad "you'll never guess the score of the Islander game tonight". He was also shocked haha. Then to see Johnson fight a forward gave me a chuckle. It was good to see some life out of the Islanders. That Bruins-Canadiens game was also a exciting game to watch since I know you are a 'B's' fan.



Well there you have it folks, you've heard it from the man himself. Please leave your reviews in the comment box below. Enjoy this upcoming weekend's games- be sure to tune into live stream radio on Unionathletics.com to pick up the action. I myself may be traveling to the North Country to see the boys play their last set of regular season road games. And remember fans, you can find Keith Kinkaid on facebook at any time during the day. -JZolot

John Simpson Named ECAC Player of the Week

Congrats to John "Delta's Most Wanted" Simpson for earning this week's MLX Skates ECAC Player of the Week! The conference made the announcement earlier today, and marks the first time this sandbaggin' son of a gun has received ECAC weekly honors in his four years as a Dutchmen.

In my opinion, it couldn't go to a more deserving player. Kid works his butt off day in day out, skating hard down ice to the puck, and dipsy do'in defensemen with his partner in crime and brother Wayne 'Serious Flow' Simpson.

During Friday night's whiteout win over Cornell, J. Simpson recorded two assists on the night, both in the third period. Simpson set up freshman forward Kevin Sullivan’s goal at 1:36 of the third period, and added an assist on freshman forward Matt Hatch’s empty net goal at 14:11.

On Saturday night against Colgate, Simpson tied the game in the second period with an impressive individual display, jamming his own rebound across the goal line for his sixth goal of the season. Simpson would add an assist late in the third period on his younger brother Wayne's empty net goal at 18:48, helping the Dutchmen seal a 6-3 win.

John Simpson has six goals and 14 assists on the season, matching his best scoring season at Union (four goals, 16 assists in 2009-10) with four games remaining in the regular season.

Can he make his senior season his career best? I think so, you better too. The team heads up to the North Country this weekend to take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence.

Make the drive this weekend. Do it, you wont.

Signing off,
-JZolot.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Union Keeps Moving Up!!!

This past weekend the Dutchmen demolished Cornell 4-0 and then come from behind to beat Colgate the following night 6-3. As a result Union has moved up into elite company in the national polls.

Here's what Justin has to say on this success:

"I hope everyone is finally realizing we're living the beginning of the golden years for Union hockey. This is truly becoming a historically incredible season. This is why college sports are so special folks. These players aren't getting paid for what they do. We're not paying thousands of dollars to be season ticket holders. Together, we're purely doing this for the love of Union College, the love of college hockey, and for love of enjoying life. It's truly something remarkable."

USCHO: up two spots to 7th
INCH: up three spots to 4th
USA Today/ USAHM: up two spots to 7th

PWR: tied for 7th with Nebraska-Omaha
RPI: 6th
KRACH: 7th

After the weekend I predicted Union to finish 7th and it looks like pretty much everyone agrees with me. I think the INCH ranking is a little too high, but we definitely appreciate the love. Meanwhile, RPI lost two overtime games this weekend and dropped a lot in the rankings. I'm not surprised that they fell, but the amount they fell was a bit surprising to me.

Also, the Jason Klump's report about his incident with Paul Stewart at Messa Rink is up on Without A Peer. According to Ken Schott, ECAC commissioner Steve Hagwell will talk to Stewart about the incident.

College Hockey Video of the Week (2/14/11): U of Michigan Gives Some Valentine's Day tips/ No Love in the NHL

Happy Valentine's Day everybody!

If you need some tips on how to celebrate Valentine's Day check out these videos featuring the University of Michigan's Louie Caporusso and Lee Moffie:





There was no love in the NHL this weekend as the Islanders-Penguins game from Friday got really ugly... and I mean REALLY UGLY! There were 346 penalty minutes between the two teams. Check out the game summary and explanation on SB Nation.com.  This video has all the fights and more. It's 17 minutes long, but it's worth it:



Also, I just want to say that after watching this BS I'm seriously contemplating on whether I should keep supporting the Islanders. The front office is a joke, it has the worst rink in the league, and now this fiasco. Martin's assault on Talbot is criminal and if things went the way he planned Talbot could have been seriously hurt. I'm not anti-fighting whatsoever, but this game was pathetic.

In another NHL video, a marriage proposal at a Rangers game last Valentine's Day goes wrong:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

SEEEE YA COLGATE - Union wins 6-3

Adam Presizniuk scored twice
Well my luck at Turningstone didn't go as well as I had hoped, but I still had a great time. Toby Keith and Eric Church rocked the place like I had never seen before, but of course as I was gettin' rowdy at the show, I kept checking my phone for Union hockey updates to see how we were doing against Colgate. I was very surprised and a bit nervous when I saw that we fell down 2-0 early but yet I was confident we would storm back. I had seen this all before in person at Princeton so I knew the boys in white had it in them.

Colgate would jump out to an early 1-0 lead when senior forward Brian Day beat Kinkaid with a low wrist shot at 10:09 of the first period. The Raiders would tack on another goal when sophomore defensemen Thomas Larkin would score on the power-play after a Professor Boileau clipping penalty.

Trailing 12-3 in shots and 2-0 on the scoreboard entering the second period, the Dutchmen score five unanswered, starting with Presizniuk’s first goal of the night. Freshman forward Matt Hatch cut into the zone and fired a shot on Colgate goaltender Eric Mihalik. Mihalik made the initial stop, but Presizniuk was there for the rebound at 6:10.

Union tied the game at 2-2 on an impressive individual effort by senior forward John Simpson. An extended period in the Colgate zone, allowed Union to change forward lines. With fresh legs on the ice, senior forward Stephane Boileau fed Simpson the puck, who jammed in his own rebound at 14:48.

With the game tied in the third period, junior forward Kelly Zajac found Presizniuk cutting into the zone for a breakaway. Presizniuk fired a shot between Mihalik’s pads that trickled over the goal line for a 3-2 Union lead at 6:15 of the third period.

Freshman forward Daniel Carr extended Union’s lead to 4-2 just 16 seconds later, redirecting a feed from freshman forward Josh Jooris at 6:31. Jooris would score one of his own on the power play at 10:01, firing a long rebound into an empty net off a shot from the point from sophomore forward Jeremy Welsh.

Colgate’s Kevin McNamara would score at 17:38 to cut Union’s lead to 5-3, but the Dutchmen would seal the game with an empty net goal from sophomore Wayne Simpson at 18:48.

Union finished the night 1-for-2 on the power play and 2-of-3 on the penalty kill, while outshooting the Raiders 36-27. Kinkaid (21-7-1) made 24 stops for his 21st win of the season.

The win was Union’s seventh in a row, tying a school record in the Division I era, set in January 2008. The Dutchmen also set a new school record for overall wins in the Division I era. They are also very close to securing a first round bye in the ECAC playoffs (I think the Magic Number is 1). The team will travel to the North Country next weekend to take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence.

Oh yeah, and those losers from Cornell defeated #8 RPI in overtime 3-2. Always great to see RPI take the dive! With two overtime losses suffered by RPI this past weekend, I expect us to move up to the #8 spot in the national polls. We will find out tomorrow afternoon so check in with us then!

Great weekend in Union hockey!! For more info on last night's 6-3 win over Colgate, please visit the links below:

Union Athletics
Ken Schott's Blog
Dan's USCHO Report
Times Union
Colgate Athletics

Thanks for reading!
-JZolot

CONTINUED...
Hey readers, it's Dan. I hope you're all enjoying Justin's posts. I think they're awesome and are a nice change of pace from my writing.

Anyways, just wanted to share some things about my experience from last night's game.

Once the Dutchmen went down 2-0 after the first period some people were nervous. I was not nervous and neither was team manager Phil Cohn. He texted me after the period saying that he expected Union to come back because the team responds well to bad periods. He was right!

Some of the biggest news of the evening came during a verbal altercation between the ECAC's director of officiating Paul Stewart and CHN's Jason Klump. It happened in the first period in the press box. Klump attended the RPI game and I guess said something that upset Stewart. When the two saw each other again at Messa Rink things got wore. I can't officially say what was said since I was trying to stay out the argument since it wasn't my business. Klump has been tweeting about the event all last night and today, and should have a story about it up on Without A Peer sometime soon.

Also, special thanks to Jeff Weinstein and Ken Schott for letting me use their voice recorders after the game for my USCHO recap after mine broke.

Check out some other interesting links I found:

Coach Leaman talks to TU's Mark McGuire about preparing for a weekend, and how more importance is placed on the Friday night game. (Times Union)

Check out what the probability is for each ECAC team winning the league championship. Union is currently at 24%. (Playoff Status.com)

See what the Magic Number for each ECAC team is. (ECAC Playoff Possibilities Script)

Here's a video from Union's third goal last night:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tonight's Lineups vs. Colgate (2/12/11)

John Simpson
Union
Carr - Welsh - Jooris
Presizniuk - Zajac - Hatch
Boileau - J. Simpson - W. Simpson
K. Bodie - Pallos - Buote

Forgaard - Julseth-White
Coburn - Stuart
M. Bodie - Mathson

Kinkaid
Milan
Grosenick

Note: Kyle Bodie replaces Kevin Sullivan in the lineup. Stephane Boileau moves to the third line with the Simpson Brothers while Bodie plays left wing on the fourth line.

Francois Brisebois
Colgate
Bartliff - Smith - Brisebois
Bourdon - Wagner - Prockow
Firman - Day - Long
Rivellini - McCann - Nasca

McPherson - Larkin
Price - McNamara
Sinz - Poplawski

Mihalik
Evin
Bessette

Draft Picks: Smith (Dallas '07, 5th round), Wagner (Anaheim '10, 5th round), Day (NY Islanders '06, 6th round), McPherson (New Jersey '07, 3rd round), Larkin (Columbus, 5th round), Price (Vancouver '09, 4th round)

Take a look at the pre-game report on the Unofficial Colgate Hockey Blog and Ken Schott's Blog.

Goaltender LaPlante Commits to Union

It has been announced that Bonnyville Pontiacs (Alberta Junior Hockey League) goaltender Julien LaPlante has committed to play for Union College next season.

He is 6'1", 185 pounds, and 20 years old. He has set a few goaltending records for the Pontiacs and has improved statistically every season. For his stats go to AJHL.ca.

LaPlante is from Sherwood Park, Alberta, which is the same town Mike Schreiber '10 and Daniel Carr are from.

For more on LaPlante's commitment go to:
Bonnyville Pontiacs.com
AJHL Website
Bonnyville Nouvelle

Friday Night Recaps/ Linkorama

After reading Justin's post (below) you probably know all the details from last nights game. But, here are some recaps about the game:

USCHO
Ithaca Journal
Union Athletics.com
Ken Schott's Blog
Times Union

In other ECAC games last night Yale was upset by St. Lawrence, and RPI fell to Colgate in overtime. These results have caused Union to jump into first place in the ECAC standings (one point ahead of Yale), and RPI to drop to fourth (six points behind Union). Colgate has now won two ECAC games in a row and look to make it three tonight at Messa Rink.

After last night's win Union is now tied for 7th in the PWR with New Hampshire and RPI.

I also want to say that the Union College Pep Band (Nott Noisemakers), while they're not comparable to the Cornell pep band, have improved tremendously. They are starting to get the hang of being a college hockey pep band, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were a true college hockey pep band in a few years.

On another note, I thought the actions of Dan Nicholls were completely classless. He just went after Andrew Buote for pretty much no reason (I'm not sure if Bootsie said anything to him or whatever). You got to give a lot of credit to him for showing some restraint. I also want people to know that Cornell coach Mike Schafer did not tell Nicholls to do this. Schafer is a class act and did not approve of Nicholls' actions.

Here are some other links that I thought were interesting:

The Cornell fans were not happy with the way Union fans acted last night. I'm sure a part of this can be attributed to their team's performance in the game, but semi-assaulting an opposing fan is not acceptable. (Lynah Forum)

According to this article more and more young Canadian hockey players are leaning towards playing NCAA hockey rather than the Canadian major junior leagues. (New York Times).... Thanks for the tip Dad!

I think I already Tweeted this, but the past few years that I've gone to the Frozen Four I really liked going to the Skills Competition because some Union players were in it (Mrazek, Walters, Leaman). But, the competition has been cancelled and has been replaced by an open skate. (USCHO)

Every week in the Concordiensis (student newspaper of Union College) there is a small section called "Man On The Street." In this section a question is asked to four Union students about topics in the world or at Union. This week's question was "What is your take on the policy to censor and/or kick out hockey fans that use profanity in their chants?" Of the four students asked, two of them were hockey players. Senior Stephane Boileau answered, "Wouldn't that mean kicking out the entire rink? I don't think we're the worst at all. Cornell's far worse. I personally don't mind. It's kind of part of the game and college hockey. I prefer the crowd being part of the game because they can make a big difference." Sophomore Ryan Forgaard said, "When you're out there on the ice and the crowd is really into the game, it gets everyone on the team going and it gives us more energy. We think we have the best fans in the league and it gives us a big home ice advantage. They're like the 7th player out there for us and it's a big boost to how we play and how successful we are." This has been a topic of conversation on campus lately. (Concordy)

There was a Union College Trustees meeting held on campus this weekend. I got to spend some time with trustee Jason Oshins this afternoon, who is the founder of the AEPi chapter on campus and a huge Union Hockey fan. He supports the Garnet Blades so much that in one game last season he was able to stand behind the bench for the entire 60 minutes. Here's the video:

BYE, BYE, BYE CORNELL...


Can somebody please tell the benders that make up Cornell's hockey team that you can't change the scoreboard by cheapshotting punches and ripping off shoulder pads and tearing off your opponent's jerseys? Like c'mon, your getting your heads kicked in, grow a pair and just lose with dignity. Not only that, the game was televised on Time Warner Cable last night - great job Red....you just showed the whole Capital Region what a bunch of losers you are.

Well usually these posts are just simple game recaps but I'm gonna go ahead and just give you my two cents on last night. One phrase can describe last night's student section: Gahhd damn man, did we come to play or what?? Right from the start I just knew we had a certain vibe to us. The white rally towels made me feel like I was at a Philadelphia Phillies playoff game, it was unreal. Waving that garnet Dutchmen flag and running from one end of the rink to the other right above Cornell's pep band definitely brought us to another level.

Apologies to the Concordy for taking all your newspapers out of Reamer and using them for our introduction. Old Man Clemens from Cornell was pretty pissed when we stole all their newspapers so they couldn't copy us. He tried coming over to confront us but had nothing else to say other than, "WOW, real classy guys, and thats why you go to Union!" Well Old Man Clemens, I got news for you ...you're right, we do go to Union! THIS isn't Lynah, THIS isn't Ithaca, THIS isn't Cornell. When you're in OUR house, when you're in OUR town, and when you're at OUR school, you play by OUR rules!

Serious props to the Nott Noisemakers. They did some serious damage. For a group that just came together less than a month ago, they have definitely shown signs of improvement. Drummerboy was shreddin as usual, the cowbell girl was providing an extra beat to go along with our chants, and that trombonist was blowing all of his notes like a champ. It was just awesome! AND YES, they even busted out "F*** YOU" by Cee Lo Green. Awesome, definitely a fan favorite by far and so appropriate for the events that had been taking place. I think Cornell's pep band may have taken a few notes from you guys.

Now, for the action on the ice. Complete domination by our guys. The Dutchmen outshot Cornell 36-9 for the night, the fewest shots Union has allowed in a game in the Division I era, breaking the previous record of 12 shots allowed set on Dec. 30, 2005 against Canisius, also at Messa Rink.

Union jumped out to an early lead on their first power play of the night, with Cornell’s Dan Nicholls in the penalty box for roughing. Sophomore forward Jeremy Welsh fed Carr in the slot, who fired a wrist shot past Cornell goaltender Mike Garman (32 saves) for an early lead at 2:50 of the first period. The Dutchmen would tack on another goal minutes later, as Hatch struck for his first score of the night. Senior forward Adam Presizniuk fired a shot from the circle that trickled underneath Garman. Hatch skated in and poked the puck across the goal line at 5:52 for a 2-0 Union lead.

The Dutchmen maintained a 2-0 lead heading into the third period, when Sullivan struck at 1:36, crashing the net on a rebound in the slot for his third goal of the season, and fourth point (two goals, two assists) in two games against Cornell this season.

Hatch added an empty net goal at 14:11 for his second two-goal game of the season. The #9 Union Dutchmen would go onto win 4-0 over Cornell.

I find it ironic...Cornell prize themselves on their idiotic karioke talents to N'SYNC..Their song BYE,BYE, BYE which Cornell brutally massacred was off the album 'No Strings Attached'. Safe to say last night Union dangled their whole team like experienced puppeteers. The win, coupled with Yale’s 3-2 loss at St. Lawrence vaults Union into first place in the conference with 27 points, and gives the Dutchmen an opportunity to clinch a first round by in the ECAC Playoffs tomorrow night vs. Colgate. O yeah and by the way, #8 RPI lost at home to Colgate, who entered the game 4-22-2 overall and serving as the worst team in the ECAC, in overtime.

Lets keep it rolling tonight. I unfortunately will not be present tonight as I will be running train at the blackjack table at Turningstone. With that said, however, there is no reason why we shouldn't hold back. After coming off a huge win at RPI, Colgate will have loads of momentum and feeling like they are untouchable. We can't let this happen. Have fun tonight...and remember...



-JZolot

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tonight's Lineups vs. Cornell (2/11/11)

Daniel Carr
Union
Carr - Welsh - Jooris
Presizniuk - Zajac - Hatch
Sullivan - J. Simpson - W. Simpson
Buote - Pallos - Boileau

Forgaard - Julseth-White
Coburn - Stuart
M. Bodie - Matheson

Kinkaid
Milan
Grosenick

Joe Devin
Cornell
Esposito - Kary - Kennedy
Roeszler - Miller - J. Devin
Craig - Collins - Nicholls
Jillson - Axell - Mowrey

Birch - M. Devin
Gotovets - Ross
D'Agostino - Brisson

Iles
Garman

NHL Draft Picks: Collins (Columbus '08 7th round), Birch (Chicago '08 6th round), Gotovets (Tampa Bay '09 7th round), D'Agostino (Pittsburgh '08 7th round)

Players To Watch This Weekend/ Videos

Tonight the Dutchmen take on Cornell for the WHITEOUT! After a slow start the Big Red have picked it up lately as they've only lost once in their past 10 games (Union has also only lost once in their past 10 games). The one loss came against Union. They are now tied with Dartmouth for 4th place in the ECAC and are only one point behind third place RPI.

Tomorrow night Union welcomes in Colgate, who won their first ECAC game of the season last weekend with a 4-2 over Clarkson.

Cornell
Joe Devin: the senior forward was named last week's ECAC Player of the Week as he picked up three goals and two assists. He leads the team with 11 goals.
Greg Miller: the sophomore forward netted the game-winning goal in overtime against St. Lawrence last Saturday. He leads the team with 19 assists and 22 points.

Colgate
Francois Brisebois: the senior forward leads the team with 10 goals and 23 points. He's been very hot of late scoring a goal in three of his last four games and has picked up a point in seven of is last nine games. He accumulated a goal and assist in last week's win over Clarkson.
Kurtis Bartliff: the sophomore forward is tied for second on the team with 13 assists. He scored two goals against Clarkson.

Union
Keith Kinkaid: last weekend marked the first time this season where he allowed a combined six goals on back-to-back nights. Let's see how he responds.
Mat Bodie: the younger Bodie has been overshadowed by the success of Josh Jooris and Daniel Carr, but he has put together a very solid freshman campaign accumulating five goals, 19 assists, and 24 points. He is in the Top 5 of the ECAC in assists.

For more on the weekend check out:
Union Athletics.com
Cornell Big Red.com
Ithaca Journal.com
Go Colgate Raiders.com

When you get to the game be sure to pick up a game program. This week's feature article in the program is about John Simpson. Read it because I wrote it! Also, tonight I will be freelancing for the Ithaca Journal, which should be interesting. So, you can read my game recap in the Ithaca Journal with a Cornell twist.

Check out this music video made by some players from Cornell last season, and a feature on Cornell fans:



Thursday, February 10, 2011

Captain's Corner With Brock Matheson (2/10/11)

This week's segment takes place at Bailey Hall, which is home to the Union College Mathematics department.

Once again, Brock talks about a variety of topics that pertain to Dutchmen Hockey.

Enjoy the video and be sure to come out to Messa Rink this weekend!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dutchmen Move Up In The Polls

This past weekend Union had two come-from-behind wins at Princeton and Quinnipiac. Against Princeton they were down 4-1 only to score six unanswered goals to win 7-4. The following night the team saw themselves down 2-1 heading into the third period only to have senior captain Brock Matheson tie the game and his classmate Justin Pallos win the game in overtime.

In the ECAC standings the Dutchmen are in second place just one point behind Yale and are four points ahead of third place RPI, who picked up three points on the weekend and saw their star goaltender Allen York get hurt.

Union has clinched home ice in their opening playoff series and are the first team in the nation to win 20 games this season. They should clinch a first round bye in the ECAC playoffs this weekend.

Here is where Union sits in the standings:

USCHO: up two spots to #9 (highest ranking ever)
INCH: up one spot to #7
USA Today/ USAHM: up two spots to #9

PWR: tied for 9trh with Merrimack
RPI: 7th
KRACH: 8th

This weekend the Dutchmen welcome a resurgent Cornell team and a Colgate team that won their first ECAC game of the season this past Saturday.

Cornell Who? ...Lynah What?

I came across this the other day during my hours of procrastination from schoolwork. I know this is at a Utah State basketball game, and Cornell is known for having their own similar version, but could Union College hockey fans gathered together at Messa Rink pull this off?

Chant #1:


Chant #2:



....I guess we shall see

-JZolot

Dutchmen Complete Weekend Sweep, Pallos Dangles Bobcats in Union's 3-2 OT Victory over Quinnipiac

After an amazing victory at Princeton, the Union Dutchmen traveled north to Hamden, Connecticut to play at Quinnipiac. I unfortunately could not attend this game as I had to be back in Albany to work the Devils game against the Manchester Monarchs.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats offense coming into this matchup were led by sophomore forward Jeremy Langlois who led the team with 18 offensive points and 13 goals on the season.


The Dutchmen fell down early, rendering the first goal in their third consecutive road game. Later in the period, on an ensuing man advantage, senior forward John Simpson cut into the offensive zone on a rush up ice, drew two defenders, and found brother Wayne alone in the slot. Wayne Simpson beat sophomore goaltender Eric Hartzel with a low wrist shot between the pads to tie the game at 9:33.


The lead was soon taken back by Quinnipiac, just after their own power play opportunity expired. With senior forward Andrew Buote in the penalty box for boarding, Mike Dalhuisen skated off the bench and fired a wrist shot on net that John Dunbar deflected past Kinkaid at 12:26.


Entering the third period, the Dutchmen trailed 2-1. In similar previous occasions, the team carried a struggling 1-5-0 record. But, senior captain and defensemen Brock Matheson soon took measures into his own hands, tieing the game with a wristshot into an open net from a cross-ice pass from sophomore Ryan Forgaard.


The game proceeded into overtime. In front of a jam packed TD Bank Sports Center, senior forward Justin Pallos scored the game-winning goal at 2:44 of the extra period. I was sitting in the library with Kelly Zajac yesterday and asked him how to describe the play and he responded, "Man, it was sick. He just skated forward cut across and cut back and sniped it. Great goal. Palli dangled out there."


The goal set up Union's second third period comeback of the season, and its 20th win of the season, the second time in the Division I era that the Dutchmen have reached the 20-win plateau.


Union outshot Quinnipiac 38-25 for the game and went 1-for-4 on the power play, while holding the Bobcats scoreless in three power play chances. Kinkaid (19-7-2) made 23 stops to earn his 19th win of the season, tying the single-season record set by Corey Milan in the 2008-2009 season.


For game recaps, please check the links below:






Thanks for reading!
-JZolot

The Blog Hits New Jersey - Union Downs Princeton, 7-4

3..2..1, Class Dismissed!


Within ten minutes after hearing these words from my professor on Friday afternoon, I was in the car slammed in with four other guys headed for Princeton, NJ. I had never been to the state of New Jersey before, so this was the perfect opportunity to expand my travels. If you've never taken the drive from Doidtown to central Jersey, one thing I will tell you is expect to go through at least a dozen tolls. It is pretty ridiculous but thats besides the point. I was fortunate enough to grab the beloved Dutchmen flag from Union's finest admissions officer, Geoff Bowman, on the way down in New Paltz. This flag is money, let me tell ya. Waving this thing later that night just brought our small group to another level of fanship.


When we arrived at the Baker Arena, named after college hockey legend Hobey Baker, we were all fired up ready to go. I had my Union hockey jersey on and all my buddies were repping their Union colors. Even the legendary Will Friedman, who broke olympic records to make the 6:07 train out of Manhattan to Princeton, was in attendance. From the moment Union came out from the locker room wearing their "lucky" black retro jerseys, we were ready to roll. We were chanting and chirping Princeton's goalie, Mike Condon. Although it is unlikely that a talented division 1 goalie was rattled by our efforts, we'll go ahead and believe we made a difference. After Trailing down early 4-1 midway through the second period, the Union Dutchmen stormed back scoring six unanswered goals. Presizniuk, Welsh, Coburn, and the great Kelly "Shut up Richard" Zajac led the efforts with four offensive points. The final whistle was blown and Union defeated #19 Princeton in their own building!


Silence. Utter Shock. Pure Epicness. However you want to describe it - the Hobey Baker Rink felt like home away from home for us. Only the few spoke. It was as if the hockey gods grabbed Messa Rink right out of the ground in beautiful Schenectady and dropped it right on top of Princeton. The Union alumni who were in attendance felt as if they were reliving their college years. The LETS GO UNION! chant was heard from every section in the building. It was truly an awesome experience for both the young and the old. Together, WE WERE UNION. The team raised their sticks after the game in salute of our efforts as we cheered as loud as we could. As many of you know me for my overbearing Bostonian character, I'll put it one way...."It was wicked friggen awesome."


I encourage all of you who read us regularly to catch a Union game on the road. Going to RPI is obviously commendable, but traveling someplace outside the capital region and making a roadtrip out of it is truly an incredible experience.


For game recap, visit the following links:
Union Athletics - http://www.unionathletics.com/news/2011/2/4/MICE_0204112721.aspx

Ken Schott's Report - http://dailygazette.com/news/2011/feb/04/hkcunion204/

USCHO.com -http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2011/02/04/union-rallies-from-three-goals-down-beats-princeton/


Thanks for reading!
-JZolot

College Hockey Video of the Week (2/7/11): It's Beanpot Time!

Today begins Beanpot 2011! The first game is between Northeastern and Harvard at 5pm, and the second game between Boston University and Boston College begins at 8pm. The winners of each game will face each other next Monday at 7:30pm, while the losers will play in the consolation game at 4:30pm.

For more info on the tournament check out Beanpot Hockey.com and Wikipedia.

The second game is the "bigger" game of the two. The Terriers won the Beanpot and the NCAA Championship in 2009, while the Eagles did the same thing last season. This game is the fourth meeting between the two teams this season. BC has won the three previous games this season by the scores of 9-5, 5-2, and 3-2.

So, in honor of the BC-BU game here are some videos that pertain to the rivalry:

BC's "Beanpot Trot" (1986):


What BC and BU students think of each other:


Beanpot pump-up video from 2009:


CSTV's Beantown Faceoff (2006):

Friday, February 4, 2011

Union Travels to #19 Princeton and Quinnipiac

Ok I got to make this quick since I'm leaving for Boston in a few minutes.

The Dutchmen head south this weekend to take on two hot teams. Princeton has only lost once in their past 11 games, while Quinnipiac is unbeaten in their last five. Every ECAC game has become more important as the season goes on and each of these game are equally important. The Dutchmen might have to win every ECAC game for the rest of the season if they have any hope in catching Yale and fending off the likes of Princeton, RPI, and Dartmouth.

Players To Watch
Andrew Calof (Princeton): the freshman leads the team with 18 assists.
Taylor Fedun (Princeton): the senior defenseman leads all Tiger defensemen with six goals and 10 assists.
Kevin Lohry (Princeton): leads team with nine goals.
Connor and Kellen Jones (Quinnipiac): the freshman twin brothers have both accumulated 16 points so far this season. Connor has seven goals, while Kellen has 11 assists.
Jeremy Langlois (Quinnipiac): leads team with 13 goals and 18 points.
Adam Presizniuk (Union): let's see if he keeps up his scoring touch after a break out performance last weekend.
Shawn Stuart (Union): he wore the red jersey (because of a shoulder injury) in Wednesday's practice.
Mike Ingoldsby is already out indefinitely and the Dutchmen don't have any solid replacements if Stuart were to go down.

I predict that both Capital Region teams keep it rolling and seep the Tigers and Bobcats.

I also want to point out that the Quinnipiac arena is the nicest in the ECAC, so I recommend on checking it out.

For more on the weekend check out:
Union Athletics.com
Go Princeton Tigers.com
Quinnipiac Bobcats.com

ALSO IF YOU ARE STAYING IN SCHENECTADY THIS WEEKEND GO CHECK OUT THE WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM!!!!! THIS WEEKEND IS "PINK IN THE RINK."
More info...

Here's a video of Quinnipiac promoting the games this weekend:


And here's what happened the last time Union and Quinnipiac played each other: